Orchids at Palm Court
Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com/
  • Phone: 5134219100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Saturdays 2:00pm-4:00pm (September-May)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Kelly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant offers private dining, but the hotel also offers dining in our three ballrooms including the famed "Hall of Mirrors" and 27 additional break-out rooms. The hotel features one of the finest examples of 1930s French art deco.
  • Private Party Contact: Charles Redmond 5134219100x
  • Entertainment: Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.
  • Special Events: For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Race Street
  • Public Transit: TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking. You may park with the bellman on Race Street or pull into the valet parking area, also on Race Street.
A word from Orchids at Palm Court
NEW! Named OpenTable's #7 Best Restaurant in the USA for 2014!

NEW! Forbes Four Star Rated Restaurant - 2013 & 2014

Orchids at Palm Court is an award-winning fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Orchids features modern American food using French technique. The menu is updated based on availability of the highest quality ingredients using local and organic products whenever possible. With breathtaking French Art Deco including two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces & an original Rookwood pottery fountain all restored to the 1930s grandeur. Complimentary valet parking.

Additional Awards & Accolades include American Culinary Federation’s USA Chef of the Year, Top Cincinnati Restaurant (Zagat), AAA Four Diamond and American Culinary Federation’s Award of Excellence (2007 & 2013).
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Orchids at Palm Court reviews from OpenTable diners
188 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (174)romantic (157)fit for foodies (141)notable wine list (76)vibrant bar scene (35)neighborhood gem (24)great for brunch (21)good for groups (17)scenic view (16)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fabulous as usual!
    Tnwaltz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We return to Orchids for special occasions because we are never disappointed. We were welcomed warmly and served beautifully. The service is prompt but unobtrusive. The food was terrific. Our first choices were Maine Lobster Salad and Blue Cheese Beignets. Marvelous presentation and delicious. Our entrees were Beef Tenderloin Medallions and Seared "Dry" Scallops. The accompanying wines were excellent, as were the earlier cocktails. I loved my hazelnut dessert and the chocolate one my companion had was not his favorite, but good. We received small bites of various delectable now and then, and were given a packaged sweet to take home with us. I can't say enough about how beautiful the place is! Over all, it was a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cats
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Service, food and a lovely room with such history. Thoroughly enjoyable
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bill
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Should be given 6 stars for all aspects. Most wonderful food and service we have had in years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time bad meal at Orchids!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was disappointed for the 1st time at my favorite restaurant, Orchids. The only explanation I can come up with is that the chef, Todd Kelly, was on vacation. The small foie gras was garnished with a goat cheese panne cotta which was too bland. The lobster salad was the high point, but needs greens to become a "salad". The entree, halibut, was just plain awful!! The preparation had the fish cut into small squares, which, were over cooked & dry. The clams did not blend, the cauliflower was non-existent, and the parsley purée added no spark. My husband ordered the Black Bass, which he enjoyed. We will go back as this was such an anomaly and the offending entree was removed from our bill. I'll also check to make sure Todd is "in the house"!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with dinner at Orchids. The dining area is beautiful and subdued for a special experience. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. The server was knowledgeable about the menu. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 14th Wedding Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Special occasion for us and they delivered on all points.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Meal in a fabulous setting
    NeedFood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One of our best dinning experiences in Cincinnati. Every aspect of the meal was perfect. The staff was attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fantastic experience
    orla
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Absolutely everything was wonderful, including every bite that all four of us ate. The service was exceptional and we had a very special evening. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "The" place to go to be special
    ababka
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant and the perfect place to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. From the special card welcoming us at the table to the glass of Champagne to start us off, through each wonderful course, to the special dessert with Happy 25th Anniversary written in chocolate to the finishing macaroons and bonbons with the check, to the take home honey bar (from their own apiary) and including the thank you for dining with us e-mail afterwards this is "The" place to go for a special occasion. Go for the ambiance, the elegance, or the fabulous menu any time, but for a "special occasion" this is "The" best place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great experience
    Roundy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were a little late being seated for our reservation, but the food was excellent and the service is impeccable. We really enjoy all the little extra touches they provide for no extra price. It has become our anniversary dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience
    charbono
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Better service that is found in most upscale locations and certainly a better value. The menu was slightly limited and formula but the what the chef did with the selections was amazing. Everything perfectly done. The wine selection is a purpose driven creation of its own. The service made the evening great. The Russian table service is old school but great fun. The setting in the art deco, former main lobby, dinning room was very relaxing. Going back? Absolutely! The lack of rush in the service was pleasant...I would recommend ordering from each course and making a full evening of Orchids. This is NOT a 'hotel restaurant' though they do grow their herbs on the club level patio and have their beehives on the hotel roof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Orchids was special
    dockmb
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Restaurant week selections were amazing, start to finish, beginning with the ample sized cocktails, rolls with 3 types of butter and just got better with each course. We were very surprised at the high noise level this past Sunday night that was coming from a reception on the mezzanine. You wouldn't think that this amazing restaurant would have such a loud and boisterous sounding party out in the open in that area. The volume subsided after a while, but by then we were mostly through our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Cincytraveler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The chef and his team went all out to make this Restaurant Week menu the best ever!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    heidiloo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is such a beautiful spot. We always enjoy coming here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    CintiPam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We dined on a Thursday evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When I reserved, I asked for a specific table, and upon arrival, I was led to the table requested and an anniversary card was waiting for us. Service with style and that little extra something that makes Orchids such a special place to dine in Cincinnati. The ambience of the beautiful room plus wonderful service and great food all combine to make Orchids my favorite restaurant in a city with many excellent restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Orchids with a Twist
    CVGJetGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Orchids at the Palm Court is always something special. This Restaurant Week brought some special new items. The "rustic" touches of rabbit and collard greens were a surprise but the magic twist that Chef Kelly provides is absolutely not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around!
    lovetoeatsteakVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food and service at it's best. It was my wife's Birthday and she picked this restaurant for their Chateaubriand for two.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    sar8
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great service, good food and very accommodating. They have gluten free bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful birthday dinner!
    Janmor
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The ambience and service at Orchids at Palm Court were superior. And the food was delicious, with some extra palate cleansers and sweets as a nice surprise. It was a wonderful place to celebrate my 70th birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Foodied
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Once again everything was perfect. Tje service, the atmosphere and mostly, the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    George
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I went for restaurant week and it was absolutely spectacular. Good portion sizes and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Richie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A special place for a special occasion! The service was impeccable. All the food amazing. The atmosphere and decor is stunning. We had a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Outstanding!
    jpgrigs
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Spectacular food, wine list and service. May be the best service my husband and I have ever experienced. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • orchids at Palm Court
    jo117
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I went there to celebrate our third anniversary. We got a table that was in the middle of the restaurant and we're disappointed. We addressed our concern but we're polite about it. The dining captain, Paul McBreen came and moved us to the nicest table of the place. He was so impressive that we never met any captain as classy as him. He made our night so special that we had to shake his hand at the end of the night to show our appreciation. We definitely will go back. Just for Paul.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary spot
    Skramde
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Orchids has always been special, and this trip was no different. They had an anniversary greeting waiting for us, and the service was impeccable -- but surprisingly slow. Sure, this was a time to sit and enjoy everything, but the wait between courses . . . the wait for coffee . . . the wait for the check . . . all were surprisingly slow. Otherwise, it was a gorgeous evening, with excellent food beautiful surroundings and pleasant people. Will we do it again? You betcha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Orchids does it again!
    AGDBG
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    For our 26 wedding anniversary I considered taking my wife someplace different. After all, there are a number of fine restaurants in Cincinnati, many that we enjoy and some new ones that we plan to try. However, for an anniversary, I wanted the best. We have dined at Orchids a number of times over the years, and enjoyed five anniversary dinners here. So I knew we could count on them for a great meal. What surprised me was their ability to make a stunning meal again, one that was delightful in every way. Somehow, they seem to improve every time, which is impossible, of course, since Orchids always seems perfect, but this perfect was even more "perfecter" than the last perfect! We loved our anniversary dinner (again!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic evening
    luvinit
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went for my boyfriend's birthday and it was a memorable event. They provided a corner booth with a curved seat that was cozy and romantic. They also had a birthday card on the table with my boyfriend's name on it waiting for us! The food was delicious and prepared with exceptional care to detail. The service was wonderful with several wait staff looking to our every need and presenting each course with flair and a detailed explanation of the ingredients. When our desert was presented, "Happy Birthday" was written on the plate in chocolate and a lit candle was stuck to the plate! All together a wonderful time, if quite expensive... but we knew that going in and it was a once-a-year kind of outing that made it very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a special evening
    Gort
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had advised orchids that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We were seated in a corner banquette with full view of the marvelous "Art Deco" room. We were greeted with a handwritten welcome. Service was excellent. It was crisp, well paced and not at all pushy. The food was wonderful. Visually stunning and exquisite on the palate. The meal ended with a "happy anniversary" tray of mixed mini deserts. Best meal we have enjoyed in Cincinnati in years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over The Top
    GretaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was good. The surroundings, fabulous, but everything is a little too much for a comfortable meal. It's difficult to be at ease with four or five different waiters swirling about and coming at you all at once. Three kinds of bread on each plate with three types of butter. Three options for water. Then an amuse-bouche. It was so stiff we ordered the first course and left. We went across the street and ate at McCormack & Schmick's. We love fine dining but The French Laundry was casual dining in comparison. Not comfortable. Too, too much. Even the food is a bit contrived. You can be great without being so formal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Jerome
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    What a friendly staff in a gorgeous place. The food is wonderful and the presentations are terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite
    lk4thebest
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food, the service, the ambience are outstanding. Each dish ordered had layers of flavors that blended perfectly and each dish was presented beautifully. The service was attentive and knowledgeable without being pretentious or intrusive. For fine dining, this truly is the best restaurant in Cincinnati. I look forward to our next visit.
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  • foodie101
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was outstanding, and the service was impeccable. I traveled from another city to visit this restaurant it was worth the drive. Wonderful for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Faboulous!!!
    AlesuVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had relatives visiting from out of town, and the best restaurant in Cincinnati bar none is the Orchids. The foods are always wonderful, the ambience is elegant, the service impeccable. I ordered the foie gras to start, it's was silky and scrumptious. The beef medallion was very flavorful and tender. All four of us enjoyed every dish we ordered. Our guests commented that there is not a restaurant they know of in the Portland, OR. area that is comparable to our Orchids. My husband ordered the stuffed squash blossom with anchovies which he enjoyed, it was crisp and flavorful with the anchovies. The scallops were beautifully seared while still juicy and sweet on the inside. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the Nati
    goodeater
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    There are plenty of good places to eat in Cincinnati, but by far the best fine dining experience in town is Orchids. The food is incredible, the service is ten steps ahead of any other place in town, and the prices are competitive or better than what you would pay for any other high end restaurant around. This place is consistently ranked #1 in Cincinnati for a reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Expectations...exceeded!
    TakeHerOutToDinner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We returned to the Orchid Room for another visit when family came to town from Philly. They were mesmerized by the historical architecture. The menu items were unique and very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Orchids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fabulous dining spot. Great food, no attempt to overwhelm the customer with quantity the emphasis is on quality as it should be. Dining in this art deco restaurant is something every resident of Cincinnati and visitor to the city should do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience always fantastic!
    ramblinrose
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I treat ourselves each year on our anniversary to experience the amazing service, atmosphere and incredible food! The extra special ways they make our anniversary special is truly appreciated! Our service is always impeccable and the food is always an explosion of flavor. We especially love the little extra palate cleansers between the courses. The presentation of each course makes our dining experience even more special. We also love the live music! I can't thank the chef and staff enough for making our wedding anniversary always extra special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Orchids never disappoints, from the food to the service. Everything is awesome. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    cincynaplesVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything is just right at Orchids. Elegant surroundings, well-trained staff, inventive and wonderfully prepared food. Even the pricing seem right, considering all the little perks with which the kitchen surprises you. Don't miss eating there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • orchids is incredible
    paxsonsteph
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    took my bf there for his birthday. What a treat for both of us and bf left full and loved!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.